Early Childhood Care and Education Associate Degree – EC13

Program Description:

The Early Childhood Care and Education associate of applied science degree program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the field of early childhood education. The program emphasizes a combination of early childhood care and education theory and practical application as well as general core competencies necessary for successful employment. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start, Georgia Pre-K programs, and elementary school paraprofessional positions. Graduates of this program will receive one of five areas of specialization: exceptionalities, infant/toddler, program administration, paraprofessional or family child care).

Entrance date: Each semester

Program admission requirements:

Minimum Test Scores

ACCUPLACER – Sentence Skills 70 COMPASS – Writing 62
Reading Comp. 64 Reading 79
Elem. Algebra 57 Algebra 37

High School diploma or equivalent required for admission.

Applicant must provide documentation of a satisfactory Fingerprint check, physical examination, documentation of negative tuberculosis skin test or chest X-ray and liability insurance prior to Practicum and Internship.

Credits required for graduation: 72

Early Childhood Care and Education Associate Degree Curriculum Essential Courses

General Education Core Courses 18 credits

Contact program advisor for program-specific courses, and see course options for each Area.

Area I - Language Arts/Communications

ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric

3

SPCH 1101Public Speaking

3

Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences

PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology

3

Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics

MATH 1111College Algebra

3

Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts

HUMN 1101Introduction to Humanities

3

Program-Specific Gen. Ed. Course Requirements (3)

An additional 3 cr. must be taken from Area I, II, III or IV

SOCI 1101Introduction to Sociology

3

Occupational Courses 48 credits

ECCE 1101Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education

3

ECCE 1103Child Growth and Development

3

ECCE 1105Health, Safety and Nutrition

3

ECCE 2115Language and Literacy

3

ECCE 1112Curriculum and Assessment

3

ECCE 1113Creative Activities for Children

3

COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy

3

ECCE 2201Exceptionalities

3

ECCE 2202Social Issues and Family Involvement

3

ECCE 2203Guidance and Classroom Management

3

ECCE 1121Early Childhood Care and Education Practicum

3

ECCE 2116Math and Science

3

ECCE 2245Early Childhood Care and Education Internship I

6

ECCE 2246Early Childhood Care and Education Internship II

6

AND

Completion of one of five Specializations:

Paraprofessional Specialization-8PS3 6 credits

ECCE 2310Paraprofessional Methods and Materials

3

ECCE 2312Paraprofessional Roles and Practices

3

Program Administration Specialization-8P13 6 credits

ECCE 2320Program Administration and Facility Management

3

ECCE 2322Personnel Management

3

Infant/Toddler Development Specialization-8ID3 6 credits

ECCE 2330Infant/Toddler Development

3

ECCE 2332Infant/Toddler Group Care and Curriculum

3

Family Child Care-8FC3 6 credits

ECCE 2340Family Child Care Program Management

3

ECCE 2342Family Child Care Business Management

3

Exceptionalities-8EX3 6 credits

ECCE 2360Classroom Strategies for Exceptional Children

3

ECCE 2362Exploring Your Role in the Exceptional Environment

3